Henderson Library has an integrated search tool called DISCOVER that provides a Google-like search experience. The search box is available on the library web page.
DISCOVER is not a database or updated version of the catalog.
A single search box search can search most GALILEO databases, high quality web resources & the library catalog simultaneously.
It differs from Google in that it searches only library resources & selected scholarly web sites.
Search results include journal articles as well as books, DVDs, and other materials.
The number of results can be reduced by selecting Search Options and then limiting the search by discipline.
Many of the results are full-text with direct links from the results list.
The initial search defaults to resources available on campus, both print and online.
To search for materials beyond Georgia Southern, remove the check from default checkbox.
A mobile version of DISCOVER automatically displays on smartphones.
DISCOVER is designed for all library users to begin with a broad search and then narrow it by facets.
Searches may be narrowed by facets or limiters on left side of screen after initial results.
All searches are keyword searches regardless of the field searched.
The default search is “all words.”
Radio buttons below the search box are useful to designate the initial search as keyword, title or author. The search is still a keyword search rather than an exact search, but the search is limited to certain fields.
Use quotation marks with phrases to limit your results combined with the radio buttons for author, title or keyword.
Boolean operators may be used.
The full text of some resources can be searched but full text searching must be selected as an option.
Database hits are included in the facets and can provide information about the most relevant databases to search further if needed.
The traditional catalog and all GALILEO native interfaces will remain available for experienced library users who may desire more specific searching for some projects.
The Library will provide any kind of instruction or presentation that faculty or students may need related to DISCOVER or any other library resource. A librarian will visit the department and provide a demonstration; provide instruction for a class; or provide a one-on-one session! Let us know what you need.
The library can provide customized subject or discipline DISCOVER links for your area. Ask your liaison if a customized subject DISCOVER link has already been created for your discipline.
For information contact the Information Desk at (912) 478-5645